Essential Meaning of indulge
1 : to allow (yourself) to have or do something as a special pleasure It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge myself and eat whatever I want to eat. It's my birthday. I'm going to indulge.
2 : to allow (someone) to have or do something even though it may not be proper, healthy, appropriate, etc. He knows that his aunt is always willing to indulge [=spoil] him. They always indulged their grandchildren's whims. [=they always allowed their grandchildren to do whatever they wanted to do]
3 : to patiently allow (someone) to do or say something Please indulge me while I review the topics we covered yesterday.
Full Definition of indulge
1a : to yield to the desire of : humor please indulge me for a moment
b : to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration
2a : to give free rein to
b : to take unrestrained pleasure in : gratify
: to indulge oneself
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